The NC-17 rating on the controversial movie “Blue Valentine” was overturned earlier this week, giving the film an R rating instead. The Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) recently announced that the rating was lowered after members reviewed the film and heard arguments from Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co. is releasing the film.
After the MPAA gave “Blue Valentine” an NC-17 Rating on October 8th, 2010, many — including stars of the film Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams — were quick to appeal. The dramatic film depicts a couple’s crumbling marriage and although some scenes are thought to be graphic, many who felt an R rating is perfectly suitable were able to convince MPAA.
Although it rarely happens, the support of thousands of people helped encourage the MPAA to change to their rating to R, allowing more people access to the film. In just a short amount of time, more than 3,000 Care2 members signed the petition to appeal the movie’s rating.
Set to hit theatres December 31, the movie has already received several great reviews and sparked interest as a potential Academy Award nominee.
Thank you to all who supported the Weinstein Co. in their efforts to appeal the MPAA’s rating of Blue Valentine.
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